March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
This year, over 143,360 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 51,690 will die of the disease. As the second leading
cause of cancer death in the U.S., colon cancer is up to 90 percent preventable through screening.
If the heroes in your life are at high risk, age 50 or older, or if they have a family history of the disease, you could save their lives by
urging them to get screened. So this March, talk to the hero in your life about colon cancer and make sure their butt is screened!
LifeScience Moment: Ether used as surgical anesthetic for the first time.
Dr. Crawford Long, an American physician and pharmacist in Jefferson, Georgia, used ether for the first time on March 30, 1842 to
remove a tumor from the neck of James M. Venable. Long subsequently removed a second tumor from Venable, and later used ether as an anesthetic in
amputations and childbirth. The results of these trials were published in 1848 in The Southern Medical and Surgical Journal.
Although Long is regarded as the first to have used an ether anesthesia in surgery, William T. G. Morton, an American dentist publicly
demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16, 1846 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
Brucella Melitensis Colonies
"Science is not formal logic–it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art. It is true that this is a gift which can hardly be taught, but its growth can be encouraged in those who already posses it."
Max Born, German Physicist, (Nobel Laureate, 1954)